County committee grills exec's attorney pick

Tom Marcelle is County Executive Dan McCoy's pick for county attorney.

Tom Marcelle is County Executive Dan McCoy's pick for county attorney. Alyssa Jung

— Marcelle also said he had no plans to go on a “firing spree” and couldn’t “envision the circumstances” that would lead him to relieve someone of their current position in the office unless there was some “compelling reason.”

As county attorney, Marcelle would be tasked with working with the District Attorney’s Office at times. As a supporter of David Soares’ primary opponent Lee Kindlon, Marcelle was asked to explain how he would be able to work with Soares.

“You go into combat, you disagree in sometimes really tough, hardnosed ways but just because you have a disagreement on an issue doesn’t prevent you from working together when you have to work together. I have no problem with Mr. Soares,” said Marcelle. “There will be times, I’m sure, that the district attorney and I may agree to disagree on certain cases.”

McCoy’s other two appointments also underwent questioning. Duncan, who has spent 18 years as the Town of New Scotland highway superintendent, was asked to brainstorm how he could save the county money.

“I’ve got some ideas but would be willing to look at more,” said Duncan.

He also said he’d like to review all roads in the county and would be willing to meet with neighbors along Johnson and Schoolhouse Road in Guilderland who had concerns about paving.

Dalton said she thought the biggest issue facing the county is Medicaid and she had plans to implement a denial management program to streamline a sometimes-complex process.

Legislators also raised concerns that she bounced from job to job through the years, but the Department of Social Services needs an individual to stick it out for the long-term.

“I’m absolutely committed to staying here,” said Dalton, adding that since she was in the consulting business many jobs were project-based.

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